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Creating Home Spaces: Young British Muslim Women's Identity and Conceptualisations of Home

Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale

in Muslims in Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625871
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625871.003.0002
Creating Home Spaces: Young British Muslim Women's Identity and Conceptualisations of Home

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This chapter investigates how British Muslim women's understandings of home, and the driving forces underlying the creation of home spaces, are rooted in personal and family circumstances, lived experiences of community and neighbourhood, and understandings of ‘self’ and ‘other’. Women living in family homes adopted a range of different strategies in order to negotiate the role constructed for them and to preserve a sense of self. While young married couples may spend some time living with in-laws in the early years of marriage, growing numbers will acquire a home of their own. The continuing importance of family alongside the trend toward independent home-making emerged in a narrative of home spaces. More young British Muslims are moving into new spaces, although there are perceived risks attached. Women's experiences and expectations of home as a ‘way of being’ were underpinned by a number of different discursive frameworks of belonging and non-belonging.

Keywords: family homes; British Muslim women; home spaces; self; other; marriage

Chapter.  6189 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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